Pav bhaji is a well known Maharastrian street food originating in mumbai india but due to its popularity it is now found in indian restaurants worldwide. The original Pav Bhaji is made using a lot of butter which brings out the beauty of this dish and although I enjoy eating this dish it can be very calorific. Pav means bread and bhaji means vegetables, Pav Bhaji now a days is made in a variety of styles from sweet to savoury. I have recreated this into a healthier option and used wholemeal pitta bread as the base instead of soft buttered rolls. This recipe doesn’t use any butter but I can assure you it is just as tasty and flavoursome.
Serving Size: 6-8
Slimming World Syns: 4 syns in the mixed vegetable curry (whole curry)
8syns each in 60g wholemeal pitta bread- Tesco brand has more syns due to extra additives.
500g or 2 large potatoes cubed
300g or small Cauliflower chopped
300g or 2 carrots chopped
2 medium size onions
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 Tbsp tomato ketchup
2Tbsp pav bhaji masala- found in any indian grocery store
2Tbsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp clove powder
1.5 tsp oil
2 tsp sweetener
1 cup water
Splash of Lemon juice
Salt to taste
6-8 cloves of garlic
1 green chilli
Handful of coriander chopped finely
Wholemeal pitta bread- information for SW members count as Syn or can use two slices of 400g wholemal bread as HEB.
1 Red onion finely chopped and seasoned with salt, lemon juice and corriander.
1. Grind the chilli, garlic and ginger into a paste. In a pan of boiling water add all the vegetables and boil for about 15-20 mins until thoroughly cooked.
2.Once cooked drain the excess water, return vegetable back to the pan and using a masher mash all the vegetables together.
3. Heat oil in a non stick pan, add the cumin seeds, once they crackle add the onions and sautee for a few mins stirring to prevent sticking. Add the ginger, chilli and garlic paste, fry for about 1 min stirring continuously.
4.Add all the dry spices to the onion mix, cook for another minute stirring continuously, add tin of tomatoes, vegetables, salt, sweetener,ketchup,lemon juice and water. Cover the pan and cook for about 15 mins until the gravy thickens.
5. Once the the vegetables are all cooked and gravy is thick should you require more salt or chilli add it at this stage, sprinkle some coriander and stir.
6. Toast the pitta bread in the toaster or in a frying pan.
7. Once all the above is done you are now ready to serve your pitta pav bhaji. The vegetables should be spread onto the pitta bread followed by onion and coriander seasoning. This dish is quite filling but nutritious at the same time. Lastly enjoy tucking in into this savoury delight.